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Nov 25

Walking through the gates of Thanksgiving

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, Into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name.   Psalms 100:4

There is always something to be thankful for. Even on those days when the sky is gray, the wind is biting, and the rain is falling in icy-cold sheets on the window. It is easy to lose perspective when we are struggling, faced with the daily challenges of life – raising children, relationships, paying bills, health concerns, and family responsibilities.

Although we can usually put on a happy smile when we go out in public, most of us have moments of discouragement, and we might even feel hopeless upon occasion. But even when we are confronted with uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and brokenness – there is much to celebrate.

Yesterday I thought I had things figured out (really???) and that I could handle a potentially stressful encounter without becoming too emotionally exhausted . . . . so off I went to see if I was really as strong as I pretended to be. Well, mostly I did OK, but there are still a few things that are difficult to think about in life, and eventually I felt myself breaking under the weight of sadness.

As I drove away from that encounter, I realized that I actually do better when I don’t try to figure everything out and just let life be what it is – with all of its uncertainties, all of its pain, and the messy wonder of it all. Being sad is OK and it isn’t a sin to have a broken heart, so in the end, I can be thankful that I gave it a try. I chose to walk through the gates of thanksgiving, even when it wasn’t easy.

I am thankful for where I am in life NOW, and for the people who are in my life NOW, and for the opportunity to experience God’s grace even in a world that is broken. I am thankful that I can rest from the turmoil and pain that comes from broken relationships, realizing that God knows and cares. So in this season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful that God is God and He can be trusted even when I don’t understand.

Today I choose to “enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise.” And even when there is sadness all around, I will “give thanks to Him, and bless His name.” We are truly blessed!

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  1. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I hope your Thanksgiving is blessed with being with those you love!

  2. Kathryn Ross

    Blessings, Nina. I hear you in the emotional low. Been on that same treadmill of late–warfare in prayer to power through. Holding fast to God’s promises which is enough to be going on with in thanksgiving. May you know peace with your family with much coziness this Thanksgiving weekend. I look forward to catching up with you next week.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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